Britain: Doing It the Hard Way

Around the world on snowmobiles, ice floes and ingenuity

Prince Charles called the idea "mad but marvelous" when the explorers first set off. Last week, when Sir Ranulph Fiennes, 38, and Charles Burton, 40, returned to England after a threeyear, 35,000-mile trip around the world via the North and South Poles, the Prince hailed their "courage, endurance, will power and sheer bloodymindedness." To the cheers of the 10,000 people who thronged the dockside as their ship, the Benjamin Bowring, sailed up the Thames to Greenwich, Fiennes responded, "Some people would say that we...

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